My chickens got diarrhea and it smells!!!!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by krazychick28, Feb 20, 2011.

  1. krazychick28

    krazychick28 Out Of The Brooder

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    Ugh! My new chickens I got, apparently have diarrhea and it stinks, BAD! The poop is a reddish brown color. Is there any natural remedies I can use to help my poor chickies?[​IMG]
     
  2. krazychick28

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    Someone help!
     
  3. chickerdoodle

    chickerdoodle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello

    Blood in diarrhea can mean cocci. Search for it and you'll find treatments--usually a sulfur medication. cecal droppings are much smellier too--but they only have one a couple of times a day whereas normal droppings are not so potent smelling. Too much protein can make them smellier too --its the ammonia. Here is the poop page to compare: http://chat.allotment.org.uk/index.php?PHPSESSID=de406bec9142ea353485ff41d5f747dc&topic=17568.0

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  4. Highlander

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    sounds like normal cecal poo. Post a pic and we can tell you if it is something to worry about or not
     
  5. krazychick28

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    I watched my australorp poop out a orangey looking poo. Kinda matches the cecal poo from the website you gave me. The bird is about a year old. I just got the chicken 2 days ago and its not really hungry. The hen and its 2 other friends who came with it are a Plymouth Rock and a Red Production. All of them have been just clucking constantly and they are scaring the other hens. My other hens have been avoiding them and when i went out this morning to feed them nobody wanted to eat. I just gave my hens a bowl of yogurt and they have been looking at it, but show no interest in eating any. None of the chickens appear to have any broken bones. But my one buffer silkie appears to be really skinny and her crop is very large. I spent a half hour massaging her crop and hand fed her some yogurt. That seemed to help a little bit. My one hen, whom I have had for 2 years, and im not sure what kind of breed she is, she is always the first to the bowl because she is the elder hen, and not even she wanted to eat this morning! Im so worried

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  6. chickengrl

    chickengrl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Uh oh, Did you bring new birds into your flock without quarantine time to make sure they are healthy? This problem with the new birds might be infectious. Can you remove them and put them somewhere else? Really sorry, but this is a common error with new chicken keepers. How do I know? Yeah, we did it and have lost some birds from not knowing any better. If you can, get them separated. Are there any other symptoms? I am not an expert (not even close!), but others on here may be able to help. Good luck! [​IMG]
     
  7. krazychick28

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    I didn't have anywhere else to put them. [​IMG]
    I hand fed my chickens yogurt this morning and I checked them out real good. I think if they were sick they wouldn't lay any eggs. And the one hen I thought was sick, cause she is usually the first to eat, laid an egg. Maybe they were all filled up on bread or something.
     
  8. chickengrl

    chickengrl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    sorry you are having to deal with this. Hopefully, its just the stress of a new place and all. Some of my hens have continued to lay after they were sick and some stopped. Just keep a close eye on them. Did you think it looked red like blood? Chickerdoodle suggested it could be cocci and that can be treated with medication. Unfortunately, natural remedies seem to be great to prevent but sometimes you have to get the big guns and use antibiotics and such when necessary. Good luck!
     
  9. krazychick28

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    What kind of meds should I get for cocci? Even if they dont have cocci, I will treat them anyway to be safe
     
  10. Highlander

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    Please don't medicate them if you don't know for sure that they need it. If you post a pic of the poo you are worried about then we can tell you if it is normal or not, I still think it sounds like cecal poo which is perfectly normal. It could be that the hens are just confused and upset over the changes that have been made.
     

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